Project Papers


Caris International strives to bring faith-based, sustainable education and development to unreached people groups, pioneering “Teaching that Transforms” in East Africa through Caris University, Ethiopia.


Caris University Ethiopia aspires to be a higher education community committed to teaching and forming students who practically address the health, agricultural, environmental and economic needs of the society.


Our goal is to be a premier teaching university that integrates academics with community service to people in Ethiopia and beyond. The University aspires to be registered under the Ministry of Education in Ethiopia to acquire authorization to confer degrees in:

  • Health: Nursing
  • Agriculture: Climatology and Environmental Development
  • Business: Tourism and Business Entrepreneurship
1. Health: Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

The mission of the Caris University Ethiopia Nursing Department is to educate baccalaureate nurses for health service to meet the ever-challenging healthcare needs of Ethiopians and others.

The undergraduate program leads to a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing, allowing the graduate to begin the practice of nursing.

Field education is an integral component of the BSN program, and is required as part of the curriculum. Further, students have the opportunity to travel to the surrounding communities of Negelle Arusi, Shashemene, Ziway and Qoqa to provide health care.

By integrating the concept of community service with classroom instruction, students offer quality care for the needs of their clients.

2. Agriculture: Climatology and Environmental Development

The course is designed to impart knowledge and understanding of various agricultural developments to students majoring in agricultural engineering. Students are equipped to practically research, analyze and address agricultural problems of the rural community. Here practical application of their training is the main emphasis in such areas as soil research, reforestation, and modern fishing industry techniques. Caris University strives for innovations that are beneficial to the community are highly encouraged.

3. Tourism and Business Entrepreneurship

The Bachelor of Science in Tourism and Business Entrepreneurship degree focuses on developing a perspective towards corporate business stewardship. The program combines leadership studies centered on the philosophy of servant leadership with three areas of concentration.

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Marketing
  • Human Resource Management

With regard to tourism, CARIS University endeavors to develop a high quality resort and cultural center that attracts international tourists to the site. Included in this program are Cultural Museum, Guest house, Meeting Hall, Water resort (outdoor and indoor), boats, canoes, jet skies, etc.

University Accreditation

Caris University Ethiopia will strive to earn the approval of the Ethiopian Ministry of Education as an accredited faith based private university, and will seek authorization to award undergraduate degrees in:

  • Health: Nursing
  • Agriculture: Climatology and Environmental Development
  • Business: Tourism and Business Entrepreneurship

International Networking

Caris University will maintain international standards in education through experienced American, European and indigenous professors.  Further, there will be scholarly partnership with universities in the United States and Europe to develop research, share expertise, and student exchange programs.

Desired University Location – Lake Langano

– 15 acres or 7.5 hec. at the site known as “Gubata Arju” for the University Campus constructio.

– 3.8 acres or 1.54 hec. At the site known as “Daka Hara Kalo” by Lake Langano for

CARIS University Resort

Why Lake Langano?

1. Safety: Free from Bilharzia, and suitable for tourism

2. Access to Water: Adequate water for university needs

3. Better academic absorption: Resort, recreation, refreshing students for effective learning

4. Conducive infrastructure: highway access to the Capital City and through South Ethiopia

5. Sustainability: Opportunity to establish Tourism/resort for university self- Sustainment.

6. In touch with community: Opportunity to study and research by being immersed in the

lives of a large number of rural and pastoral people around lake Langano. About 85% of Ethiopians live in the rural area.

7. Tourism: Hotel industry, guest house, outdoor and indoor resort

Pioneering Caris University, Ethiopia” – Survey trip to Ethiopia – October, 2011

In October 2011, a team of four comprised of TV journalists from Texas and an architect from Minnesota travelled to Ethiopia for a site survey and fact-finding mission. The team visited Addis Ababa, Lake Langano, Wolaita Sodo and Shahemenne.

The survey included meeting with authorities at Oromia Investment office, West Arsi Zone Investment Commissioner, West Arsi Zone Administration, Negelle Arsi District administration, research and interview with students and farmers between Addis Ababa and Lake Langano whereby the team collected relevant notes that portray poverty, health problems, and poor agricultural system necessitating a university that prepares students to effectively address these issues.

It was a great success that during the trip, the team was able to secure 15 acres or 7.5 hec. at the site known as “Gubata Arju” for the University Campus construction, and  3.8 acres or 1.54 hac at the site known as “Daka Hara Kalo” by Lake Langano for CARIS University Resort.


To ensure quality work and success, both CARIS University and Lodge are owned by PLC, and managed by Dr. Berhanu Arsse and Mr. Richard Ray.


Material, Financial and Professional Support

Churches/para-church organizations/ foundations/individuals may support Caris University start up by offering gifts in-kind, contributions of equipment, supplies, or other property. Examples might include products, office supplies, books, heavy equipment, furniture, computers, office equipment, vehicles or even a tractor for our farming project planned as an income source to Caris University.

Christian universities and seminaries can help by donating their used books or laboratory equipment. Other equipments such as boats for use on the lake can bless the university income generating efforts. A tractor, and landscaping or farm equipment, for example, would benefit our university resort and the agricultural farm, which will be run as hands-on educational opportunity and source of income.

How could all these buildings happen? We need different organizations to provide funds, materials and expertise needed for each building. Then the building would be named after /in memory of the sponsoring organization, or the organization that builds it. Of course, this seems difficult to do. However, as the Ethiopian proverb says: “When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion.” I believe that together we can do it. Therefore, we need the partnership of Christian foundations, faith based universities, churches and para-church organizations that share the same values, to support the University with prayer, finances, expertise, and with any other necessary materials. Moreover, we believe with God all things are possible!

Dr. Berhanu Arsse

Columbus, OH